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Public Housing Rehab
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TARPON SPRINGS - The Tarpon Springs Housing Authority will soon begin total renovations on four low-income complexes for residents 55 and older around Tarpon Springs.

More than $13 million, coming from tax credits, funds from Pinellas County and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be used to demolish and rebuild the interiors of 95 units at the four developments owned and managed by the Tarpon Springs Housing Authority: Ring Avenue Apartments, Pine Trail Village, Lemon Street Apartments and Walton Village.

“We call it gut rehabbing,” said Housing Authority Executive Director Pat Weber. “We replace everything down to the studs: windows, doors, electric, plumbing, air conditioning, landscaping, roofs. We repaint. We’re doing everything.”
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TARPON SPRINGS - After complaints from residents and weeks of discussion, the Tarpon Springs City Commission voted unanimously to amend the city tree ordinance, established in 2006.

The ordinance, which is “intended to protect, promote and maintain a healthy tree canopy within the City” according to a memo from Planning and Zoning Director Steve Careccia, was written to protect the city’s trees and reduce the removal of protected trees, including during the development and redevelopment of property.

Under the new amendment, approved at the May 5 City Commission meeting, the city manager now has the ability to allow for the removal of trees located within a city right-of-way that are “dead, diseased or weakened by age, storm, fire or other injury and pose a safety hazard to persons, buildings or vehicular traffic or threatens to cause a disruption in public services.”
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TARPON SPRINGS - Life happens. Jobs fold under corporate downsizing and medical issues spring up. Sometimes, without any warning, the money is tight by the end of the month.

Wanda Weber saw that, and saw people struggling to pay mortgages on homes with extra bedrooms and saw people scraping together money for rent on apartments. So she decided to help.

Nine years ago, Weber founded Home Share Pinellas, a nonprofit organization that matches renters with homeowners (Weber calls them “providers”).
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TARPON SPRINGS - With a few quarters, Robyn Sagal of Tarpon Springs is trying to make a point.

For five days, Sagal spent just $1.50 a day to buy food as part of the Live Below the Line challenge, which aims to raise awareness of the issues faced by 1.2 billion people facing extreme poverty.

“The participant learns what it’s like to feel hunger for five consecutive days and how that impacts all aspects of daily life,” said Sagal, who is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health degree in International Development at the University of Sheffield in England. “It also highlights the lack of choice and opportunity that comes with living in extreme poverty.”
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TARPON SPRINGS - Four girls from Girl Scout Brownie Troop 720, along with their moms and the troop’s leaders, had perfect weather the morning on April 25. All year, the troop has been working on completing the Wonders of Water Journey, how we love, share and save water. The Scouts wanted to plant a garden that required little or no water, using Florida native plants, but also to beautify a strip of land at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. We chose our garden planting date in honor of Earth and Arbor Day that week.
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Thursday, April 23
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TARPON SPRINGS - In third grade, Aidan Rooney emailed Mayor David Archie to bring his attention to downed streetlights on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The following year, he raised almost $200 from selling homemade Christmas ornaments to help fund the information kiosk at Sunset Beach. Now, a seventh-grade student at Tarpon Springs Middle School, Aidan has just completed his latest project: a library on Sunset Beach.

Last month, 12-year-old Aidan, along with his father, Christopher, grandfather, Paul, and grandmother, Jill, installed a Little Free Library near the parking lot of the beach near the west end of Gulf Road.
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TARPON SPRINGS - The state is stepping in to help Tarpon Springs create a more welcoming entrance into town.

At the City Commission meeting on March 17, David Conner, of David Conner + Associates, presented the Florida Department of Transportation’s plan for new landscaping for the area of grass on U.S. 19 between north of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to south of Cypress Street, in front of Tarpon Mall.

“This is a project where FDOT is spending a good deal of money to enhance our entranceway into Tarpon Springs,” said City Manager Mark LeCouris. “(It) just goes along with everything we’ve done down Tarpon Avenue and have worked on throughout the city with beautification.”
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TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs presented plans for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard renovations at a public meeting on April 14.

The project will cover the area on MLK Boulevard from Safford Avenue to Disston Avenue, including street repaving, paving markers, partial sidewalk replacement and new streetlights.

After years of cars running into and knocking over the MLK Boulevard lampposts because of their proximity to the road, Gary Schurman, the projects supervisor for the development services department, said that the new lights will instead be placed at the back of the sidewalks to reduce the chance of accidents.
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Community Calender
• Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd. 

On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations. 

Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.
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MLK Neighborhood Center Coalition planning sessions
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition hosts weekly planning sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1201 Douglas Ave. It also hosts a neighborhood community market each fourth Saturday, with the June market set for the 28th.  

The Community Outreach Team invites people to join them in making phone calls or writing letters to the residents in the neighborhood surrounding the center to inspire neighbors with the progress that is being made.

To help, contact Karena Morrison at 518-4659.
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Pasta and dancing
CLEARWATER – The Italian club of Greater Clearwater will host pasta dinners each Tuesday, monthly, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at 200 S. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Dancing also will be held on some Saturdays. For information, call 791-8698.  
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Safe boating class
ST. PETE BEACH – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 has a 12-week continuous cycle of Safe Boating Program meetings Tuesdays, 7 p.m., in the Warren Webster Building, at 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way.

Attendees can start at their convenience. New participants should arrive for their first class at 6:30 p.m. to register. Included in this program are detailed and illustrated materials that cover a variety of program topics.

The program package is based on the new USCG Auxiliary Boating Skills and Seamanship 14th edition 400-page manual. All materials will be included in the cost of the program, which is $45 per participant for 12 weeks. Cost is $60 for couples sharing the materials.

For information, call Jim at 360-4846, Warren at 321-7801 or Phil at 865-2226.
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Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meeting
SEMINOLE – Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St.  This personal development program helps individuals become confident speakers in a self-paced, fun atmosphere. Contact Dennis Hamel at 374-2612 or visit seminolespc.toastmastersclubs.org for more information.
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SilverSneakers FLEX program
TREASURE ISLAND – The SilverSneakers FLEX program is now available Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m., at the Treasure Island Community Center, 106th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard. The program is free to SilverSneakers members and $5 per class for others.

The workout includes easy-to-follow, low-impact movement and upper-body strength, abdominal conditioning, stretching and relaxation exercises designed to energize your life style. Chairs are available.

For additional information, contact instructor Linda Roeder at 920-376-0214 or email linda@whereslinda.net.  
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Take a Hand support group meeting
LARGO – Take a Hand, a support group for parents and caregivers of teenagers suffering from substance abuse and behavioral issues will meet Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in portable 1A of Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road.

The group, started with the support of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, will invite guest speakers to offer advice and support to those caring for addicted teenagers, including information about the judicial system, residential treatment and more. The meetings are designed to be a safe place for parents, relatives and friends.

For more information, contact Missy Peterson at 214-4527 or takeahandmeeting@gmail.com.
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• Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Humane Society of Pinellas open house
CLEARWATER – The Humane Society of Pinellas will host an open house on Wednesday, May 27, 4 to 7 p.m., at Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 State Road 590.

Business neighbors and friends are welcome to attend. Personal, behind-the-scenes tours will be offered. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet HSP staff members and see adoptable pets. Beer and wine will be available. No RSVP is required.

For information, call Twila Cole at 797-7722, ext. 222, or email twila@humanepinellas.org.
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Tea with Terry
LARGO – The ongoing series Tea with Terry is presented Wednesdays, 3 to 4 p.m., at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park Administration Building, Gathering Room, 13401 Indian Rocks Road.

The Tea with Terry series provides an opportunity for attendees to discuss preplanning final arrangements. Call 595-2914.  
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Barks for Books
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Children who need help reading can get help from Agape and reading therapy dog and his friend Belle at Barks for Books Wednesdays, 1 p.m., at the Indian Rocks Beach Library, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd. Call 596-1822.
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